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More bird flu in Egyptian poultry

A new outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu has been discovered in Luxor, a town some 680 km south of Cairo, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Health.

The MENA news agency reported that tests on domestic fowl at a local lab showed the samples were positive for the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza.

The area has been quarantined, the birds are being culled and those suspected to have come in close contact with the fowls have been under examination.

An Egyptian woman died from bird flu late last month, becoming the country's seventh human fatality from the disease.

Bird flu was first reported in Egypt in mid-February, from where it spread to 20 of the country's 26 governorates. Egypt reported its first human bird flu case in mid-March.

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